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Earlier we were once again discussing Mickey Mouse Degrees, one of the subjects brought up was Meat Managment, do you or any of your friends currently or plan to do such a weird, random (draining on the taxpayers) course in the future?
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Didn't the papers once said something about a degree into the Beckhams? Who wants to study them anyways? They are so boring and don't belong in the UK. They can just f*ck off to Spain.
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Earlier we were once again discussing Mickey Mouse Degrees, one of the subjects brought up was Meat Managment, do you or any of your friends currently or plan to do such a weird, random (draining on the taxpayers) course in the future?

Media Studies, surely..
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Didn't the papers once said something about a degree into the Beckhams? Who wants to study them anyways? They are so boring and don't belong in the UK. They can just f*ck off to Spain.

This I find interesting. People who want to study them often read the tabloids, perhaps university is just an extention.

As for the latter remark: "they are boring AND do not belong in the UK". Why would that be, is it *because* they are boring that they do not belong in the UK? Do you have any other reason, independent of them being boring, as to why they do not belong in the UK?
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This I find interesting. People who want to study them often read the tabloids, perhaps university is just an extention.

As for the latter remark: "they are boring AND do not belong in the UK". Why would that be, is it *because* they are boring that they do not belong in the UK? Do you have any other reason, independent of them being boring, as to why they do not belong in the UK?
Yes, I have a valid reason. I'll get back to you once I find out what it is.....
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Earlier we were once again discussing Mickey Mouse Degrees, one of the subjects brought up was Meat Managment, do you or any of your friends currently or plan to do such a weird, random (draining on the taxpayers) course in the future?
I'm planning on studying the Pychiatrics behind the simpsons!
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I know Tosh on here was seriously considering turf laying! Think he's been accepted for it?
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It is quite possible to do a degree in brewery
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Didn't the papers once said something about a degree into the Beckhams? Who wants to study them anyways? They are so boring and don't belong in the UK. They can just f*ck off to Spain.
I'm sick of the beckham circus!!!

Owen is so much better player than him.
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Didn't the papers once said something about a degree into the Beckhams?
It was a PhD and almost certainly self funded (I can't imagine the AHRB stumping up for it)...the papers seem to have trouble distinguishing between a module/unit and an entire degree as well. Just because you spend 1/8th of a yr studying something that sounds a little bit daft doesn't mean your entire degree is based on it.
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It was a PhD and almost certainly self funded (I can't imagine the AHRB stumping up for it)...the papers seem to have trouble distinguishing between a module/unit and an entire degree as well. Just because you spend 1/8th of a yr studying something that sounds a little bit daft doesn't mean your entire degree is based on it.
Yes. I think you'll find that it's at Phd level that people tend to go off and study the truly wierd and wonderful, often making even the oddest of bachelors degrees look pretty mainstream.

I one shared an apartment with a brilliant ex Cambridge guy doing a doctorate in post Caecescu Romainian politics which struck me as highly odd, and very specialized.

I really don't know what his thesis could have contained as he must have fell very short on material, for at least two reasons,

a)this was in around 95 and of course the dictator himself fell in around 89 so their was only 6 years to look at.

b) the guy didn't speak a word of Romanian so I've no idea from where he drew much of him sources.

I think he made it all up!
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I would love to do a PHd in Graphical User Interfaces but it is never going to happen as I would not have the dedication or money. If I could choose to do a PHd though it would be that.
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I would love to do a PHd in Graphical User Interfaces but it is never going to happen as I would not have the dedication or money. If I could choose to do a PHd though it would be that.
Why do people have this assumption that PhDs *cost* money to do. The majority are funded by the research councils and universities (because only a small minorty can afford to self fund their own research...and that's generally in arts subjects where the biggest expense is likely to be the equivalent of a mortgage in photocopying fees from the library)

I know 2 people currently doing PhDs, on doing a linguistics PhD in nottingham being paid £12k pa (TAX FREE!!!) and the other doing an engineering PhD in Soton being paid £9k pa tax free. If youre PhD subject is of interest to a business or one of the research councils then you will have no trouble getting funded...the people who have trouble getting funded are the people determined to research in a very narrow subject area and not willing to adapt their research to suit the market.
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Why do people have this assumption that PhDs *cost* money to do. The majority are funded by the research councils and universities (because only a small minorty can afford to self fund their own research...and that's generally in arts subjects where the biggest expense is likely to be the equivalent of a mortgage in photocopying fees from the library)

I know 2 people currently doing PhDs, on doing a linguistics PhD in nottingham being paid £12k pa (TAX FREE!!!) and the other doing an engineering PhD in Soton being paid £9k pa tax free. If youre PhD subject is of interest to a business or one of the research councils then you will have no trouble getting funded...the people who have trouble getting funded are the people determined to research in a very narrow subject area and not willing to adapt their research to suit the market.
Yeah but I doubt even TVU would offer to fund me to a PHd as I am simply not intelligent enough. They must be very hard otherwise loads of people would do them.
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Didn't the papers once said something about a degree into the Beckhams? Who wants to study them anyways? They are so boring and don't belong in the UK. They can just f*ck off to Spain.
it wasnt a dgree about david bekham it was part of a dgree just one topic in the course. I cant remember what tit was clled now but it was probably media or social studies or something like that. the fame of the bekhams is oimportant topic to learn about because it tells aus alot about the world we live in today with fame and celebrity all over the place
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It is quite possible to do a degree in brewery
whats wrong with that the brewery industry is an important industry and alot of science goes into making beer. if you wanted to opern or manage a brewery iot would be very helpful
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That signiture is a bit strong for here. If I wanted to see this I would just watch channel 5.
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Yeah but I doubt even TVU would offer to fund me to a PHd as I am simply not intelligent enough. They must be very hard otherwise loads of people would do them.
They aren't hard it just depends on the type of work you enjoy...a lot of people don't enjoy the research part of a degree and so don't want to continue it. It does require you to really love your subject though (especially the area you specialise in) and the majority of people have had enough after 3 yrs on a bachelors course.

As for doubting your intelligence don't be daft - if you put the effort into your dissertation and ace it and don't mind researching into the areas that have funding available you will find it easy to find a studentship (even if you get a relatively poor overall degree classification - I know someone who got a 3rd but walked straight into a palaeo PhD at Sheffield because they aced their dissertation and the modules on their specialism and our palaeo lecturer recommended them).
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I know someone who's going to McDonalds university...
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They aren't hard it just depends on the type of work you enjoy...a lot of people don't enjoy the research part of a degree and so don't want to continue it. It does require you to really love your subject though (especially the area you specialise in) and the majority of people have had enough after 3 yrs on a bachelors course.

As for doubting your intelligence don't be daft - if you put the effort into your dissertation and ace it and don't mind researching into the areas that have funding available you will find it easy to find a studentship (even if you get a relatively poor overall degree classification - I know someone who got a 3rd but walked straight into a palaeo PhD at Sheffield because they aced their dissertation and the modules on their specialism and our palaeo lecturer recommended them).
Actually, PHd's are the easiest degrees you can do.
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